Your fee will be arranged at the time of the first session. Generally, my fee is $100 per individual session and $130 for couples. I do have a sliding scale. Unless otherwise arranged, fees are payable at the end of the therapy hour. Please have your check written in advance for greater efficiency. Cash is acceptable. At the end of each month if you are filing an insurance form, you will receive, free of charge, an insurance statement. If at any time you have questions about billing or fees please feel free to discuss this with me as they may affect the progress of therapy. The emphasis here is to be open and honest. There may be from time to time a cost of living increase. The proposed increase will be discussed at that time. I do not charge for writing reports or telephone calls of short duration unless previously arranged with you. I accept some insurances.
SCHEDULING AND ABSENCES
Sessions are 45 minutes in length.
Emergencies may arise which make it impossible for you to come to your regularly scheduled appointment. I will try to give you another appointment as my schedule permits within the week. If the time is available, I will schedule an appointment with you, and you will not be charged for the missed session. If I do not have a time available and you do not give me at least 12 to 24 hours notice, you will be held responsible for payment of the fee for therapy.
Psychotherapists consider maintaining your privacy extremely important. To make your psychotherapy as effective as possible, you need to be open and honest about your most private thoughts and behaviors. That can be nerve-wracking, but you don’t have to worry about your psychologist sharing your secrets with anyone except in the most extreme situations. For example, if you reveal that you plan to hurt yourself or others your psychotherapist is duty-bound to report that to authorities for your own protection and the safety of others. Psychotherapists must also report abuse, exploitation or neglect of children, the elderly or people with disabilities. Your psychotherapist may also have to provide some information in court cases. These exceptions to maintaining complete confidentiality are rarely required and I make every effort to first discuss the situation with you.
Of course, you can always give your psychotherapist written permission to share all or part of your discussions with your physician, teachers or anyone else if you desire.
Psychotherapists take confidentiality so seriously that they may not even acknowledge that they know you if they bump into you at the supermarket or anywhere else. And it’s OK for you to not say hello either. Your therapist won’t feel bad; she will understand that you’re protecting your privacy.